A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, May 3
If you like coffee and cocktails, then you’ll enjoy this one — Winstons Coffee is doing a takeover of Interval Bar, where they’ll be serving up espresso martinis and cold brew coffee liqueur for HK$50 each. There will also be a Chinese izakaya dinner menu.
4pm to 10pm until Saturday, May 4 at, Interval Coffee Bar, UG/F, 33 Wellington Street, Central. Free.
Local craft beer brewery Moonzen will be launching their Moonzen Guardian Club, and also their new imperial stout “the Revenge of Zhong Kui,” named after the vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings.
6pm to 10pm at, Moonzen Brewery, 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong. Free.
The Hong Kong International Deaf Film festival will be showcasing a series of films about life with deafness. They include the Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child about a deaf child called Libby and her family who seek a quick fix to make their “broken” child more equipped to handle the real world by hiring a deaf-specialized social worker; and Sign Gene about a deaf superhero who carries a powerful genetic mutation, and is sent to Japan to fight with deaf Japanese villains using the power of sign language. Check the link above for the screening schedule.
2:15pm until Sunday, May 5 at, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. HK$75 (standard) HK$45 (concessions).
This exhibition, by Germany’s Klassik Stiftung Weimar, will display some photos by Bauhaus artist Erich Consemüller to celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus. This exhibition will provide insight into the world of the influential design school’s teachers, students, and output. Consemüller documented the early years of the institution in about 300 photos taken in 1926 and 1927, here on loan from a private Berlin collection.
10am to 8:30pm (Monday to Friday) 10am to 6pm (Saturday) until Friday, May 31 at, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free.
Claudia Chanhoi is a Hong Kong-based illustrator who creates colorful cartoons to show her personal experiences as a heterosexual woman living in today’s modern dating world, and her views on female sexuality. The result is a set of distinctive and quirky images that feature some very suggestive images.
5pm to 12am on Tuesday to Thursday; 5pm to 3am on Friday to Saturday; 3pm to 12am on Sunday, until Wednesday, May 22 at, Chez Trente, 6 Chung Wo Lane, Soho, Central. Free.
Saturday, May 4
Alvin Leung is the chef behind three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation, a Wan Chai institution well-known for its fusion Chinese cuisine. He’s also just launched his debut book My Hong Kong, which features some recipes as well as his own reflections and experiences of the city. He will be joined by the South China Morning Post‘s food and wine editor Susan Jung to discuss his technique, culinary trail, and there will also be a Q&A.
3pm to 4pm at, Bookazine Prince’s Building, 3/F, shop 326-328, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central. Free.
This exhibition by artist Fung Kuen-suet is a dystopian cautionary tale about a world where the frenzy of plastic consumption has led humanity to the point of no return. Set in the year 2084, it imagines a meeting between the “Great Five Industrial Nations” who propose that if animals can learn to eat plastic, why can’t children? This exhibition will feature five large official portraits of the fictitious delegates from the five nations floating in the air.
11:30am to 10pm until Friday, May 31 at, kubrick, Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei. Free.
Brooklyn-style pizzeria Motorino will be hosting a pizza-making workshop this weekend. The event starts off with wine and antipasti, then a chef will teach participants how to make their own Neapolitan pies, from tossing the dough to getting creative with traditional Italian toppings. Reservations are required and can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee includes antipasti, pizza, and free-flow Peroni, plus an option to pay extra for three hours of free-flow prosecco or wine.
3pm to 5pm at, Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai. HK$248 (plus 10 percent service charge) HK$58 (free flow prosecco or wine).
Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character at the Aftermath Bar, who’ll be presenting four acts referencing the sounds of a galaxy far, far away (no word yet on whether the the Mos Eisley cantina band is on the program). Music will be provided by rock band Other Theories, hard rock band Wan Chai Warriors, electronic tunes from Junk!, and funk and hip hoop by D Sneaky Jesus. Oh, and best-dressed will win two tickets to TBC Improv’s next fun-filled show.
9pm to 2am at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
This solo exhibition by moving image and sound artist Anson Mak presents two sets of works called One Place, Two Systems, Ten Years and Never Cross A River Twice. One Place, Two Systems, Ten Years is a lens0based media installation that explores the everyday lives of people who live in Kwun Ton and how it changes through the years, while Never Cross A River Twice is a single channel film that explores the notion of disappearance and memory. This exibition will also feature outdoor screenings and talks by the artist.
12pm to 7pm until Thursday, May 30 at, Videotage, Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Kowloon. Free.
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe. If you’re curious to know more about mandalas, co-working space the Hive will be hosting this session where you’ll learn how to create your own mandala. All tickets include art materials.
2pm to 5pm at, The Hive Wan Chai, 21/F, Phoenix Building, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai. HK$450 (Hive members) HK$500 (non-Hive members).
Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun wowed the art world with his distinctive traditional Eastern style blended with contemporary Western techniques. Born in 1922, Hon was a postal inspector by trade and a self-taught artist who rose to prominence with art works. He passed away in February at the age of 96, and this exhibition at the Asia Society features 30 pieces of work by Hon that examine his fascination with light as a material and subject with his use of various media and cultural influences.
10am to 8pm until Sunday, June 9 at, Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. Free.
Hon Chi-fun was also known for his use of screen printing, and the Asia Society will also be hosting this screen print workshop demonstrating some of the techniques and technologies Hon used to create his work. This session is organized by the Hong Kong Open Printshop, a non-profit open print shop run by artists dedicated to promoting and preserving local print art culture.
10am to 5:30pm at, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. Free (HK$100 deposit required for online registration, refundable on the day).
The eco-conscious music festival, the Shi Fu Miz festival is back this year for its fourth edition. A common ground for DJs from all over the globe, this music festival has a rich line-up of underground talent from all over with artists like Levon Vincent, Shuya Okino, Palms Trax, Pablo Valentino and so many more. Other activities at the festival includes crafts or street art, yoga, and some ecological workshops. You can also take part in some sports, jam with some drumming sessions and so much more.
1pm to 12 am (Sat) and 10am to 11pm (Sun) until Sunday, May 5 at, Sai Yuen Farm, Cheung Chau. HK$880 (two-day last chance ticket) HK$580 (One-day last chance ticket).
Sunday, May 5
Tiki bar Honi honi will be hosting this open mic variety night that will have everything from comedy to cabaret, and from dancing to drag. This event happens on the first Sunday of every month, and those who want to secure a spot at the mic need to pre-register.
7:30pm to 11pm at, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central. Free.
Avengers fans, assemble. If you’re excited about the newest Avengers film and want a chance to pose for a photo with Captain America, the Hulk, and Thanos, then Lee Garden’s where it’s at.
All day until Monday, May 13 at, Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay. Free.
This exhibition will for the first time display drawings, paintings and notes by artist Lee Wen dating from 1978 to 2014. Lee is a Singaporean performance artists oft-credited as the man who shaped the development of performance art in Asia, and introducing contemporary art to Singapore. One of Lee’s most notable works includes The Journey of a Yellow Man, a series of installation and performances that evolved from a critique of Orientalism to a mediation on freedom, climate change, humility, and religious practices. This exhibition is in memory of Lee, who died last month.
10am to 6pm until Saturday, June 29 at, Asia Art Archive, 11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Free.
Pottinger Hong Kong will be celebrating its fifth year, and this is the last chance to catch this exhibition which features more than 30 rare prints of old Hong Kong. The main hotel entrance is located at 21 Stanley Street.
6am to 11:30pm until Sunday, May 5 at, Hotel Lobby, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Free.
This is the last chance to catch this exhibition by new media artist Vvzela Kook. During her research, Kook found that Hong Kong, a city that used to be one of villages and vegetation, is now a concrete jungle where at least 180 streets are, ironically enough, named after plants or trees in a reminder of its greener past.
8pm to 11pm until Sunday, May 5 at, Tomorrow Maybe, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon. Free.
The traveling exhibition “Van Gogh Alive” has travelled to many corners of the globe, from Anchorage, Alaska to Singapore, and it’s now in Hong Kong. Running here until July, this immersive exhibition will display more than 3,000 artworks on LED screens, floors, ceiling and walls, set to a classical music score that will take visitors on a journey through Arles, where he painted his famous bedroom; Saint-Rémy where he entered the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum and painted his famous The Starry Night scene depicting the view outside his sanitarium room window at night; and to Auvers-sur-Oise where he painted Wheatfield With Crows and many other works until his death in 1890.
10am to 9pm (Mon-Thurs) and 10am to 10pm (Fri-Sun and public holidays) until Sunday, July 7 at, 1/F, FTLife Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay. Free (children under the age of 4), HK$190 (children aged 4-15, full-time students and concessions) HK$230 (aged 15 years and over) HK$550 (family tickets for two adults and one child).
As Coconuts HK discovered last year, as the government ramps up efforts to take down many of the city’s iconic neon signs, some groups have been working to save some of these signs from the landfill. One such group is Streetsign HK, an NGO which works to draw attention to the disappearing legacy of the city’s unique signboards, including neon signs and other types of overhanging signs.
This is the last chance to catch this exhibition, whose main installation features rescued pieces of Chinese characters from actual abandoned signboards, combine with lighting and a series of mirror walls and floor to recreate and “proliferate” an infinity signboards effect, similar to the old street photos of Hong Kong when signboards filled up the sky on the street.
The exhibition would also encourage visitors to “play” or interact and create part of the exhibit by selecting their preferred authentic Hong Kong style signboard, represented as graphic combination on transparencies and to project them into the signboard installation area by the overhead projector.
10am to 8pm until Sunday, May 5 at, Oil Street Art Space, 12 Oil Street, Fortress Hill. Free.